Tickets for the Ambition Festival headline show at the Fairfield Halls are free, in a bid to emphasise Croydon Council’s “investment in culture”, according to officials working in Fisher’s Folly.
This cultural freebie follows on from the central Croydon cycle race earlier this month, for which the organisers were paid £148,000 of public money.
The bill includes Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, recent winners of Radio 2’s Folk Award, and the acclaimed British/Asian musical stars, Circle of Sound.
Timothy Godfrey, Croydon’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “We’ve done our best to keep as much of the festival as we can free, and we decided that this Saturday night headline event is one where we want people to come along and experience the best of two well-matched flavours of music.
Whether interpreting centuries old songs or singing their own authentic lyrics, Clarke’s jewel-like voice and Walker’s musical tact and flair for arrangement (it says here in the Croydon Council press release…) mean their live performances always receive rapturous reviews. Their latest release Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour was also nominated for a Best Album award.
Circle of Sound is a collaboration between Soumik Datta on the 19-stringed Sarod and drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger – now there’s a “headline act” who’s unlikely ever to see his name in a headline…
“Resonating with deep Indian ragas, urban beats, glockenspiels, and a spirited rock attitude, they create a powerful fusion that the BBC describes as ‘the vanguard of British Asian music’,” is what the council press office appears to have copied from somewhere or other.
Because the event is in the main Fairfield concert hall, booking in advance is still strongly recommended to get the best seats.
The council press release omitted to mention the day of the concert. Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader reckons it is July 25.
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